The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights today called for an independent inquiry into UK complicity in torture and accused ministers of refusing to give full answers to its questions. It also critcised the Governments accountability on security and intelligence issues as ‘woefully deficient’.
Human rights group Liberty today condemned the High Court decision that Gary McKinnon’s extradition must go ahead. Gary McKinnon, who has Asperger’s syndrome, has been charged with hacking into the US Pentagon and NASA systems between 1999 and 2002, an offence which was committed from his computer at home in London.
Today the High Court revoked the first control order since the damning House of Lords decision in June. However, in a telling example of the Kafkaesque nature of the scheme, the Home Secretary presented a new control order to begin as soon as the current unlawful order ceases.
On the day that the Home Office re-launches the ID card scheme for the second time in ten months, a new Liberty-YouGov opinion poll demonstrates how public support for ID cards and the National Identity register is plummeting.
Liberty, as part of its ‘Common Values’ campaign, will today release a powerful short film by graphic designer and filmmaker Will MacNeil about the threat to our personal privacy from the National Identity Register.
Today 20 year old student Andrew Symeou will be extradited to Greece without even basic evidence being shown to a UK judge. The evidence against Andrew is widely held to be seriously flawed yet he will be extradited with no opportunity for a British court to consider whether there is any case to answer.
In a report published today, HM Inspector of Constabulary, Denis O'Connor, calls for a human rights-based approach to policing protests. Liberty welcomes Mr O’Connor’s finding that the police have become too concerned with whether protesters have given formal prior notice, when the fundamental question should be whether they are peaceful.